Evolution of transbronchial needle aspiration technique

Qing Hua Liu, Su Qin Ben, Yang Xia, Ko Pen Wang, Hai Dong Huang

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Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) is an established technique to collect cell and tissue specimens from lesions outside the airway wall, generally guided by flexible bronchoscope under the direct visualization of the puncture site. TBNA has been utilized for 30 years, and now there is renewed interest in utilizing it in conjunction with endobronchial ultrasound. Although the basic operational principles have remained the same, conventional TBNA (cTBNA) and endobronchial ultrasound-guided TBNA (EBUS-TBNA) have been greatly improved over the years with the increased application in clinic and the advance of new technology. In this article we briefly discussed the evolution of TBNA technique and its future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S224-S230
JournalJournal of Thoracic Disease
StatePublished - 2015


  • Endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA)
  • Transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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